Like many people, you’ve probably heard about the Apple TV and are wondering what the fuss about it is all about. You might also have heard several friends raving about it, making you wonder if you should consider investing in one or not. If this is the case, it’s time to read this guide and learn more about Apple’s little black box.
What is the Apple TV?
The Apple TV is a set-top box that acts as a digital media player and connects to a high-definition or enhanced-definition TV using an HDMI cable. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi capability that can be used to receive digital content from the iTunes Store as well as from a wide range of apps (such as YouTube, Flickr, Netflix, Hulu, and Vevo) and video streaming sites (like NHL GameCenter and NBA League Pass). It then plays these content on your TV, allowing you to view pictures or watch movies, videos, TV shows, and sports matches on your big screen.
The Apple TV’s Wi-Fi functionality can also be used to connect it with your iOS devices. Just download the iTunes Remote app (available from the App Store), connect your Apple TV with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad through Wi-Fi, and start controlling the set-top box using your mobile device. If you don’t have any iOS devices, don’t worry since you can use the Apple Remote control unit (which is shipped along with your Apple TV).
It’s important to note that that the Apple TV can stream content from local sources. This means that you can connect it to your computer (as long as it’s running iTunes) and view your stored photos, music, and videos on your TV.
Apple TV generations
Several versions of the Apple TV have been released over the years. The first generation, which was released in 2007, was bigger and heavier than its successors and was declared to be obsolete in 2015. The second generation was significantly lighter than the first since major changes were done on the hardware, and it allowed users to stream (rather than sync) their content and to play rented content. The third generation was similar in appearance to the second, but it sported a single-core A5 processor and could support full HD content. (There was also a third generation Rev A model, which featured some changes in the components.) The fourth generation Apple TV, which was released in 2015, was built with the new TVOS operating system, had a motion sensor, and could support the Siri functionality.
Jailbreaking the Apple TV
The Apple TV is great on its own but, for those who want to have more control over their set-top box and get access to more apps, they can opt to have it jailbroken. Renowned hacker team Pangu, for instance, has recently announced that they would release a jailbreak for the Apple TV 4. It’s important to note, though, that jailbreaking your Apple TV can void its warranty and expose it to security threats.
Should you buy an Apple TV?
If you’re always on the go, you may be more comfortable watching videos and movies on your mobile devices. But, if you love relaxing at home and want to view a wide range of content on your TV, then the Apple TV is certainly a worthwhile investment.
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